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Identity (2003)

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

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Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new ... Written by Huggo

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,225,263 (USA) (27 April 2003)

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$52,159,536 (USA)
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Trivia

'John Cusack' and 'Amanda Peet' would later go on to play the lead roles in 2012 (2009), where they play a recently divorced couple. John Cusack played a limousine driver in 2012 (2009), while his character in Identity is a driver. See more »

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The prisoner is described as carrying an "Axis IV Dissociative Disorder." In psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric disorders fall under Axis I, personality disorders and mental retardation fall under Axis II, medical disorders fall under Axis III, a general summary of psychosocial stressors (eg. health problems, money problems, or family problems, and rated as None, Mild, Moderate, or Severe) fall under Axis IV, and the patient's Global Assessment of Function score (GAF: 0 to 100) falls under Axis V. Dissociative Disorder is an Axis I diagnosis. See more »

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Larry: It's your birthday next week? It's my birthday next week. The 10th.
Paris: Me too.
Rhodes: Me too.
Ed: Yeah.
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The first few opening credits leave behind a letter to the word "IDENTITY" as they fade away. See more »

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Edge of the seat thriller
11 November 2004 | by (Northeastern PA) – See all my reviews

I've never before seen a film that made me sit on the edge of my seat practically from the opening credits. And I never got to sit back.

This was a psychological thriller of the best type. There is plenty of opportunity for you to nominate the "bad guy" and while you may be right in a sense you will probably also be wrong. The ending is a real shocker - and I suspect that the typical reaction of many viewers is to say "No way" - but if you think about it, it is the only possible ending. But you have to think about it - and the film is so action-filled that you never have time. SO the realization must come after the closing credits roll.

I'd never seen John Cusack in anything but a comedy before (except for a film called "Max", but I saw that before I knew who Cusack was). He pulled off drama equally as well as he does comedy. An impressive talent.

And an impressive film.


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